Week 4: new intern and cocktail party prep

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Week 4: new intern and cocktail party prep

We welcomed our new intern all the way from the UK this week: Aryo Feldman, joining me, Anna Farb (from Maryland), Kelsey Altmann (from New Jersey), Eleanore Nelson (from New Jersey), and Deanna Riggan (from Tennessee). Technically, Aryo grew up in Jersey, so we are literally a magnet for the Jerseyans.

Themes of the week: setting out our first transplants, aphids and sow bugs in the greenhouse, the value of counter hoops, compiling all the local food we could for the cocktail party fund raiser at the end of the week. We pulled out the most heavily aphid-infested plants from the greenhouse and tried to wash off the rest of the aphids. We will plant more beneficial flowers in there next and research the sow bug problem. As we have struggled to keep our hoop plastic from succumbing to the wind, we applied counter hoops at last, which seem to be a big part of the answer. We identify a counter hoop as an additional hoop above the plastic, so the sandwich goes, hoop, plastic, counter hoop (see photo below). Finally, we served an eclectic assortment of local foods at the cocktail party, such as goat cheese, elk, eggs, horseradish, venison, greens, and trout from the town lake.

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Low tunnel wind protection: hoop, plastic, counter hoop.

We had some intern bonding time this past weekend at the Valley View hot springs and Great Sand Dunes National Park. On the way, we picked up some seed potatoes from White Mountain Farm, being sold at Mosca Pit Stop. We found it delightfully odd to see organic quinoa being sold at this otherwise standard, gas station-like pit stop. The clerk fetched our potatoes from the back while we observed a sign taped on the counter: “Organic onions for sale: 50 lb. bag for $37.”

Without further ado, the week in photos:

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We did our first set of transplants.

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Our brassicas are germinating and growing really well in this home-attached south-facing greenhouse. They will go into the ground very soon.

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Transplanting lettuces. They will perk up a bit in their bed under an old apple tree.

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Unloading straw at each of the plots for future sheet mulching and run-of-the-mill mulching. No dolly necessary (they were light bales, I admit).

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I harvested some horseradish from the community garden for the cocktail fundraiser.

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While doing irrigation chores, we ran into a heard of elk. Check out the dike wall back drop.

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